CultureLinks Program: a service-learning option for international students
The CultureLinks Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a service-learning option for enrolled international students. CultureLinks is sponsored by the Office of Service Leadership in the Department of Student Activities and Organizations in collaboration with the Office of International Affairs.
CultureLinks empowers international students to lead culture-specific presentations and discussions to area K-12 pupils and other groups sponsored by Indiana County human service agencies. Through these presentations and discussions, and their direct interaction with the international students, pupils receive a heightened awareness and gain an appreciation of our global society and their future role as citizens in shaping it. In addition to the culture-specific presentations, special school and campus celebrations, such as Global Village Days, International Day, Unity Day, and Cultural Heritage Days, bring together many of the international students in a multicultural festival setting. International students participating in the CultureLinks Program also volunteer in other capacities, including: visiting dependent care facilities; assisting with blood drives; supporting the English As A Second Language Program, and; mentoring IUP K-6 University School pupils.
Through their participation, IUP international students participating in the CultureLinks Program are given the opportunity to contribute to the community in which they currently are residing. They gain practical knowledge about the United States and our domestic culture while gaining satisfaction and pride in their particular cultural heritage and history.
President: Lawrence K. Pettit
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